Lava Eel

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Lava Eel
Lava Eel.png
It can somehow survive in pools of red-hot lava.
Found in: Level 100 of The MinesVolcano Caldera
Time of Day: Any
Season: All Seasons Icon.png All
Weather: Any
Difficulty: 90
Behavior: Mixed
Size (inches): 31-33
Fishing XP: 33   Silver 36   Gold 39   Iridium 45
Healing Effect
50 Energy
70 Energy
90 Energy
130 Energy
22 Health
31 Health
40 Health
58 Health
Sell Prices
Base Price: FisherFisher:

Artisan Sell Prices
Roe: Aged Roe: Aged Roe:
Artisan (+40%)

The Lava Eel is a fish that can be caught during all times and seasons in the Mines on the 100th floor and at the Volcano Caldera. It is the only fish that can spawn in lava.

In the Mines, the chances of hooking a Lava Eel depends on fishing level and on the fishing zone of the spot fished, increasing by 4% if a Curiosity Lure is equipped. For example, at level 10 fishing and fishing zone of 5, the chances of hooking a Lava Eel is 5.4%. With a Curiosity Lure equipped, this increases to 9.4%.[1]

At the Volcano Caldera, the percent chance of hooking a Lava Eel is equivalent to 10 times the fishing zone of the spot fished, assuming the 'Physics 101' painting was not caught. For example, there is a 50% chance to hook a Lava Eel if the bobber lands in a spot with a fishing zone of 5.[2]

Of the non-legendary fish, it is the fish with the highest sell price and the second most difficult fish to catch (after Octopus, tied with the Scorpion Carp).


The Lava Eel can be found in the Mines and at the Volcano Caldera.

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Villager Reactions


Lava Eel is an option in the Bundle Red.png Master Fisher's Bundle in the Fish Tank (Remixed).


Image Name Description Ingredients Restores Recipe Source(s) Sell Price
Maki Roll.png
Maki Roll Fish and rice wrapped in seaweed. Fish.png Any Fish (1)Seaweed.png Seaweed (1)Rice.png Rice (1) Energy.png 100
Health.png 45

Cooking Channel.png The Queen of Sauce
21 Summer, Year 1

Gus Icon.png Stardrop Saloon for Gold.png300g

Quality Fertilizer.png
Quality Fertilizer Improves soil quality, increasing your chance to grow quality crops. Mix into tilled soil. Sap.png Sap (2)Fish.png Any Fish (1) N/A Farming Skill Icon.png Farming Level 9 Gold.png10g
Sashimi Raw fish sliced into thin pieces. Fish.png Any Fish (1) Energy.png 75
Health.png 33

Linus Icon.png Linus (Mail - 3+ HeartIconLarge.png)



Lava Eel is used in the spool of the Sewing Machine to create the Logo Cap.png Logo Cap. It can also be used as a red dye color at the dye pots in Emily's and Haley's house, located at 2 Willow Lane.

Fish Pond

Lava Eels can be placed in a Fish Pond, where they will reproduce every 5 days. The initial pond capacity is 1 fish, but the capacity can be increased to 10 by completing four quests. After the first quest is completed, the color of the pond water changes to red. The primary output is red Lava Eel Roe, but Gold Ore is possible starting at population 3 and several more valuable items are possible starting at population 9.


Pond Capacity Quest Item Fishing XP Granted
Before Quest After Quest
1 3 3 Fire Quartz 45
3 5 1 Basalt, 2 Diamonds, or 1 Dwarf Scroll III 45
5 7 2 Mega Bombs 45
7 10 1 Iridium Bar 45


Item(s) Produced Fishing XP Granted Population % of Items Overall Daily Chance
Red Roe.png Roe (1) 25 1-2 80% 18-25%
3-5 72% 28-40%
6-8 90% 57-71%
9 70% 61%
10 67% 64%
Red Roe.png Roe (2) 25 9 14% 12%
10 13% 13%
Red Roe.png Roe (3) 25 9 3% 3%
10 3% 3%
Gold Ore.png Gold Ore (5) 11 3-5 10% 4-6%
6-8 10% 6-8%
9 8% 7%
10 7% 7%
Spicy Eel.png Spicy Eel (5) 17 9 4% 3%
10 4% 4%
Magma Geode.png Magma Geode (5) 16 9 2% 1.7%
10 1.9% 1.8%
Magma Geode.png Magma Geode (10) 16 10 3% 3%
Nothing 1-2 20% 82-75%
3-5 18% 68-55%
6-8 0% 37-21%
9 0% 13%
10 0% 5%


Lava Eel is not used in any quests.


  1. See MineShaft::getFish in the game code. While Data\Fish.xnb suggests that a fishing level of 7 is needed to hook a Lava Eel, the data in MineShaft::getFish, which does not have any level conditions, overrides it. This means that there is no fishing level requirement to hook a Lava Eel.
  2. See Caldera::getFish in the game code.